Dipa Karmakar creates history

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Mohit Jalan, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Dipa Karmakar created history by becoming the first Indian gymnast to qualify for the quadrennial event, Olympics Games. She booked a berth for the Rio Games after a strong performance at the final qualifying and test event here.

She garnered a total score of 52.698 points in the Olympics qualifying event to book a berth for artistic gymnastics in Rio Games to be held here in August. Apart from being the first Indian woman, she will also be an Indian gymnast qualifying for the quadrennial extravaganza after 52 long years.

Since the independence of the country, 11 Indian male gymnast have taken part in the Olympics (two in 1952, three in 1956 and six in 1964) but this will be the first for an Indian woman at the Olympics.

And hours after creating history by becoming the first Indian gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, Dipa Karmakar clinched the gold in vaults finals at the test event of the Rio Games.

Dipa scored 14.833 as her best effort to finish first in the women’s vaults finals and win the gold in a rare such feat by an Indian gymnast in a global event. Dipa came up with her gold winning effort in the first attempt itself and she scored 14.566 in her second and last try.

Seeing her current form and determination, the nation has huge expectation from her of bagging a medal in Olympics games at Rio.

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